Purpose of App Review

To showcase a premiere medical database app for the Android platform.

Introduction

SciVerse Scopus Alerts is an app developed for on-the-go access to the Scopus database. Users can search from their mobile device with the same functionality and ease as searching from their desktop computers.

SciVerse Scopus Alerts has been developed to allow for institutional subscription access as well as individual subscribers access.

The app also lets users set up a trial to get a feel for the app and Scopus content before committing to a one-year purchase via the app interface.

Additionally, Scopus Alerts lets users search for references, view abstracts, and share citation information with colleagues via email and Twitter. Users can also save searches as alerts to get regular updates of new research being published in their area of focus.

Alerts can also be set up on the citation level, allowing users to see when a reference has been cited in other papers as well as see other citation-level metrics for a specific reference.

User Interface

Using SciVerse Scopus Alerts is easy. Access to specific content within the app is straightforward.

The main sections or pages of the app are as follows:

  • Search Scopus
  • Search Alerts
  • Citation Alerts
  • Favorites
  • About

The search functionality withinScopus Alerts is as easy as entering keywords. There is the ability for Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and wildcard (* and ?) searches as well. Choosing Search Alerts or Citation Alerts brings the user to a list of saved alerts on either whole searches or individual citations. Favorites is where references marked as such are filed. Users can mark articles as favorites for reading at a later time.

Finally, the About section contains any information one would need pertaining to SciVerse, licensing agreements, and Scopus FAQ and support services.

Moving between all of these pages is seamless and aesthetically pleasant. ScieVerse Scopus Alerts can be used as a current awareness tool and as a quick access point to user targeted Scopus alerts and searches. Viewing lists of search results is also an intuitive and agreeable experience.

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Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Seamless transition between sections within the app
  • Intuitive hierarchical design of sections
  • Ability to save alerts on article and whole search levels
  • Can share references and searches via email and Twitter
  • Marking articles as favorites to develop a list of references to refer to

Dislikes

  • None to report

Conclusions

  • An easy to use and well-developed app that searches Scopus content
  • Can easily set up alerts on search terms and individual citations
  • Sufficient sharing and saving capabilities
  • From a transparent and reputable source

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4.5

  1. User Interface – 5
  2. Multimedia usage – 4 (no need, Scopus doesn’t index audio or visual information)
  3. Price – 5
  4. Real world applicability – 4

Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.